Rev. Samuel Rodríguez, President of National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) encourages Pastors and congregations around the country to support the upcoming family film from Lionsgate/Pantelion Films Girl in Progress.

The inspiring film stars Eva Mendes (The Other Guys, Hitch, Training Day), Cierra Ramirez, Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises), Patricia Arquette (A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III; Medium) and Eugenio Derbez (Under the Same Moon, Rob!) and releases in theaters May 11. Girl in Progress reminds us to enjoy life in the moment, cherish our families, love our neighbors, respect ourselves and not take for granted what is right in front of you.

Rodriguez says, “The message is bound to impact thousands of lives and bring a life altering revelation, which will transform the homes of Hispanic families across the nation. Accordingly, the NHCLC, America’s largest Hispanic Christian Organization,  is proud to lend our support and endorsement, without reservation.” To watch the full endorsement, please visit:

Other ministries and organizations such as the Dove Foundation, Life Teen and more  are also sharing their excitement about the Girl in Progress, as shown in the quotes below:

“A film you and your family will care about!”- Dove Foundation

“A redemptive, heartwarming story of love triumphing over dysfunction.”- Mitch Irion, President/CEO – WingClips

“Girl in Progress is an inspiring and accurate glimpse into a young person’s real struggle between a God given sense of what is right versus what is merely popular or formed solely by societal norms. Girl in Progress is a must see for teens, families or anyone working with or parenting youth. Morals made relevant – we need more films like this!”- Randy Raus – Life Teen President/CEO

“Girl in Progress… a thought provoking portrayal of what is taking place in far too many homes and families in our society today.. it is a must see for anyone working with young people and single mothers…as leaders this film will stir our hearts to action in this much needed area of outreach.”- Mark Gonzales | Founder | US Hispanic Action Network

We would like to encourage you to review the film and show your support as well! Please let us know if you are interested in arranging an interview with Patricia Riggen, the director, or Cierra Ramirez the young starlet in the film.

We look forward to hearing from you!



The heart-warming, coming of age family drama Girl in Progress, starring Eva Mendes (The Other Guys, Hitch, Training Day), Cierra Ramirez, Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises), Patricia Arquette (A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III; Medium) and Eugenio Derbez (Under the Same Moon, Rob!). This inspiring film releases in theaters nationwide on April 27, 2012 and Directed by Patricia Riggen (Under the Same Moon) and adapted from a screenplay written by Hiram Martinez, Girl in Progress tells the story of Grace (Eva Mendes), a single mom who is too busy juggling work, bills and relationships, to give her daughter, Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez) the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad’s English teacher, Ms. Armstrong (Patricia Arquette), introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, Ansiedad is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker (Eugenio Derbez), Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita (Disney star Raini Rodriguez), to plot her shortcut to “adulthood.” But as her misguided plan unravels, Ansiedad and Grace must learn that sometimes growing-up means acting your age.


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